WhatsApp, the immensely popular messaging platform owned by Meta, has continuously strived to enhance user convenience and security through regular updates.
In line with its commitment to evolving technology, WhatsApp has recently announced a significant change in its Android support policy.
As of October 24, 2023, WhatsApp will only be compatible with Android devices running version 5.0 or later of the operating system (OS).
This means that smartphones with Android OS versions older than 5.0 will no longer support WhatsApp. Thankfully, if you’re reading this, your phone is not among the devices affected by this change.
Current Compatibility and Upcoming Changes
Currently, WhatsApp is compatible with Android devices running OS 4.1 and above, as well as iPhones with iOS 12 and newer versions.
It also caters to users of KaiOS 2.5.0 and later, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2. However, these compatibility standards are set to evolve on October 24, 2023, specifically for Android devices.
WhatsApp will exclusively function on Android devices powered by Android 5.0 and later.
This means that certain smartphones in the market operating on older OS versions, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Xoom, HTC Desire HD, and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc3, will no longer be able to run the WhatsApp application.
Check Your Android Version
If you’re unsure about your Android device’s operating system version, you can easily check it.
Navigate to your phone’s settings, select “About Phone,” and you’ll find comprehensive details about your device, including the OS version.
Introducing WhatsApp Channels
In other WhatsApp-related news, the platform has introduced a novel feature known as “WhatsApp Channels.”
This feature allows users to follow celebrities, communities, groups, and personalities across various fields, such as news, cinema, sports, entertainment, and technology.
This means you can stay updated on your favorite topics and receive the latest information.
Meta has rolled out WhatsApp Channels in over 150 countries worldwide, including India, opening up new avenues for interaction and engagement.